11 Old Computer Games That You Loved As A Kid

For those of us who are children of the ’90s and early 2000s, we remember a time before playing games on phones or getting in trouble for too many in-app purchases. When it came to games, it was all about sticking in that CD-ROM into our ancient computers and going ham.

From the ultra “girly” Barbie games to day wasting games like Roller Coaster Tycoon, we did it all and begged our parents for more after playing a new game at our friend’s house. There are so many computer games that we remember but can not, for the life of us, recall the names of. But here are 11 that we definitely managed to remember.

Math Blasters

The ultimate game for math haters and lovers alike. I wasn't the best at math, but this game genuinely made even my most dreaded subject super fun. Seriously, I kicked math's figurative ass in this game.

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Barbie Fashion Designer

I was all about this game. Seriously, it wasn't even that exciting but I guess there is something that we can't help but love about artificially designing outfits. I think what really set this apart from other fashion CD-ROM games was that you could print out the clothes on this special felt-like paper. Of course, this was more trouble than it was worth so I'm sure most of us just settled with spending hours filling in skirts with ugly patterns.

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Oregon Trail

This game taught me one thing and one thing only: Never get dysentery.

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Chip's Challenge

This maze game actually drove me up the wall...which is why I couldn't stop playing. I'm pretty sure this game had no final level. It just got more and more ridiculous and impossible. If any of you have ever finished the game, let me know. My 11-year-old self would be totally jealous.

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Fisher Price Dream Dollhouse

If I remember correctly, there really wasn't much to do in this game but play with random toys in various rooms. In fact, I'm sure that I wished that it was more exciting at the time. Alas, that didn't stop me from becoming addicted to this stupid game.

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Kid Pix

This game made all of us think that we were Claude Monet. Also, it had fun sound effects. Bright colors, funny noises...I'm pretty sure that that's all a third grader needs.

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Putt Putt and Freddi Fish

These little guys were so cute, right? And you got to go on little adventures with them and learn important life lessons along the way. Is it just me or were computer games a lot more educational and moralistic back in the day?

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Ski Free

All I really remember about this game was that a giant monster would always end up eating the little skiing man and it would traumatize me for the rest of the day. The end.

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Roller Coaster Tycoon

We all played this game, right? So that means that we all had to deal with annoying, complaining park goers, right? So that means that all of you did the same thing I did when they got too annoying and thew them into a body of water so they would stop bothering you, right? Um, please tell me that wasn't just me.

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Rockett's Adventures

It took me forever to figure out the name of these games, but now that I have I'm just full of so many feelings. These choose your own adventure games starred a teenage girl named Rockett who had to deal with everything from going to a new school, soccer practice, to mean girls. A game that was super female focused with a feminist slant was so rare at the time and is still rare to this day.

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The Carmen San Diego Games

My girl, Carmen! Whether it was trying to catch her stealing stuff through time or finding her chillin' in some random location, these games were fun and super informative. I mean, I kept a little notebook full of notes and clues like I was a real detective! I learned so much about history and geography from trying to capture this chick who was--let's be real--too fly to ever be caught properly.

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Okay, we’re missing a ton of our favorite childhood games so help us out. Which did we forget? Which do you still play now? Tell us in the comments!


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  • Mark Jackson

    Oh man, I had a game in the early 2000’s that I loved and hated at the same time called SimPark 🙁 I could never take care of the park properly once people started showing up, because I didn’t know what I was doing lol I was also bad with managing the animal populations and would frequently get told things like, “THIS is a MOCKINGbird!
    His SPECIES was OVER-eaten!” when clicking on animals to check them >:(

  • Stephanie M

    Can anyone think of the name of the 90s educational computer game where this blue bug guy showed you around? They also had some minigames and you could color pictures. They had a farm one and a rainforest one, I can remember. Also, SLY FOX iN “DRY CEREAL” computer game!! And Pajama Sam! Sim Town.

    • Kylie Cassada

      This one? If so it’s called Davison’s phonics 4-7

  • Tonya Powell

    There was one game we played at school and I cannot remember the name of it. It had mini games where you could learn different things. I’ve been trying to remember the name of this game and I just can’t. I can’t even begin to explain what mini games you would play.

  • AdoraBelleLipwig94

    My sister and i must have drowned hundreds of annoying Roller Coaster Tycoon customers. She also built roller coasters that would launch customers to their deaths…in the neighboring park. The other park’s rating went down, and disgruntled customers flocked to my sister’s park.

  • TAnne

    There was a computer game that taught chess and a number of other games like reversi against cartoon characters like the chess game was against a bunny. I’m trying to remember the name of it and/or track it down.

  • Lauren

    Kid Pix tho! Oh gosh I remember playing that in computer class at school all the time as well as the deluxe one and oo also all those fun learn to type and read games like word munchers (I think there was a deluxe one of that too lol) and mavis beacon and type to learn, I think we had like 3 versions of that game haha. And then of course there were all those fun online game websites too and my teacher was always telling us about a new one every day haha. Oh the days of playing computer games, they were the best! I loved them so much XD And I had so many awesome ones that I loved playing haha. The ones I loved the most were definitely those reader rabbit games! Oh man I could play for days on them haha. And another favorite that I played alllll the time was madeline’s european adventures. I also had some really other fun ones like spongebob operation krabby patty, barbie super sports, some coco puffs one called sunny’s race for the chocolaty taste (I think? or something like that idk haha all i remember was I got it free with the cereal box one time lol) and then I also had this arthur game too that was a lot of fun, some more madeline games (because madeline was my life lol) i think they were called madeline’s classroom companion and I had the second grade and maybe some other one like first or preschool or something lol, oh and yes this blue’s clues one about some buried treasure thing or something. and also some bug’s life interactive game too and just a whole bunch more. Mainly I had a lot of ones that were about tv shows or movies that I watched when I was a kid but either way they were all just the best XD

  • Alex

    Putt Putt and Freddi the Fish were my favorite games in the entire world! Although, nothing could beat the Fisher Price Pet Shop game for me.

  • Jenna

    Zoombinis! best game ever!

    • Sydni Casanover

      Thank u so much I have been trying to remember that name for years

  • Sheyna

    I cannot thank you enough for this list of games! I’ve been finding for Putt-putt saves the zoo! Omg thank you so much. God bless you! 🙂

  • Arielle9473

    HAHAHAHA this is literally my whole childhood!!!

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  • Liv

    I’ve always had an affinity for Nancy Drew games. I read the books when I was little so getting to be her was the coolest!

  • DaynaMarie

    I had completely forgotten about Fisher Price Dream Dollhouse! I played that constantly.

    My all time favorite game series as a child though as Reader Rabbit. 🙂

  • danalee

    Ohhhh man. Carmen Sandiego. The best.

  • joannacamilley

    Don’t worry, on Roller Coaster Tycoon, whenever anyone got mad I’d drop them off a waterfall and watch them fall into the lake below 🙂

  • Brie

    I loved all of the reader rabbit games and the cluefinder games. They were super fun at the time and I really wish I still had them.

    • Annaa

      Yessss! I still have them! But nothing that will play them…..

  • Hailey

    On my roller coaster tycoon I had the most messed up park. It was the one with the big rocks (does anyone else remember that one?) and I built a path up to the first rock and then had a bunch of paths in the sky connecting it to the other ones. The bad part was that I put up on of those do not enter signs at the place where you go up to the first rock so nobody could come down. I didn’t even have any rides. I just liked watching them panic.

    • “I didn’t even have any rides. I just liked watching them panic.”